Original Publication Date: 12/07/2017
This release note documents version 1.1.0 of F5 Application Connector. Application Connector 1.1.0 is available as an iAppLX only. An ISO image is not available.
F5 Application Connector provides simple, secure connectivity to Public Cloud Vendors, enabling BIG-IP customers to easily load balance workloads between public and private cloud resources.
For a comprehensive list of documentation that is relevant to this release, refer to the F5 Application Connector version 1.1.0 Knowledge Center.
You can download the Application Connector software from downloads.f5.com. For installation instructions for the Application Connector Service Center and Application Connector Proxy, see this guide: F5 Application Connector: Setup and Configuration.
Application Connector (AC) 1.1.0 now supports auto discovery and publish for Microsoft Azure. This feature applies appropriate Azure authentication when the proxy is in an Azure environment.
This release includes these enhancements to improve Proxy cloud diagnostics:
1.1.0 provides improved feedback when the Proxy fails to establish a connection to a Service Center.
This release now includes a feature that changes the frequency that a Proxy attempts to reconnect to a Service Center upon loss of connection. The frequencies are:
In 1.1.0, AC Proxy supports the AWS Assume Role, which eliminates the need to store credentials file in the system. To use this feature, you create a role that has an access policy with varying degrees of permission level. F5 recommends that you use the AmazonEC2ReadOnlyAccess policy, which allows only read access to EC2 resources. To use this role, attach the role to the EC2 instance that hosts the Proxy. That instance will then have the EC2 role with read only access.
AC versions 1.0.0-1.1.0 do not support native BIG-IP software persistence; therefore it uses a persistence iRule to add persistence to any virtual servers requiring it. The persistence iRule client_cookie_persistence.tcl is now upgraded with a more efficient syntax. The Service Center iApp for versions 1.0.0-1.1.0 automatically add the persistence iRule to any virtual server selected as an application virtual server.
In 1.1.0, the Service Center UI is enhanced to provide more specific feedback to a user regarding which virtual servers are being selected. Now when you select an App or Proxy virtual server and save it, a a message displays a list of selected virtual servers and asks you to confirm your selection.
This release now includes a Help page for the Service Center and Proxy.
1.1.0 now supports the use of the BIND IP docker environment variable (-b). This variable enables you to specify the IP address to which the Proxy should bind. This affects traffic from the Proxy to cloud servers and Service Centers, in addition to admin traffic.
For a comprehensive list of fixes, behavior changes, and known issues for this release, see the F5 Application Connector 1.1.0 Release Information page.
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